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Counselling Processes and Interventions

2014 unit code: PSC60014 (formerly HAYS411)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours36 hours

Admission to the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling).


Aims and objectives

This unit provides an overview of fundamental counselling process, with particular emphasis on counselling interventions such as the basic microskills of counselling, enhancing client change though developing therapist-client relationship, problem-solving and improving therapist self-awareness.
Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate basic microskills of counselling
* Identify and enhance client change process through therapist-client relationship
* Demonstrate Gerard Egan’s problem-solving and management approach
* Demonstrate a brief-solution focused counselling approach
* Demonstrate self-awareness relating to therapist-client interactions and barriers to change.
* Demonstrate ability to link therapeutic interventions with assessment, develop treatment plans and measure client outcomes.

Teaching methods

Class sessions will involve lectures, discussions, role-plays, case studies, demonstration of counselling skills and class participation.


One essay to be completed (2000 words) (90%)
Active participation in class and case study presentations (10%)

Generic skills outcomes

The graduate attributes associated with this unit of study are as follows:


 * are capable in their chosen professional areas.

 * operate effectively in work and community.

 * are adaptable and manage change.

 * are aware of environments. 


Topics include:
*  The personhood of the counsellor
*  Values in helping relationship
*  Attending and empathy skills
*  Clarification and probing
*  Challenging skills and record keeping
*  Immediate assessment of skills
*  Egan’s problem solving and management approach
*  Basic problem solving skills
*  Basic cognitive behavioural strategies
*  Treatment planning and termination
*  Brief solution focused counselling model
*  Linking intervention and assessment
*  Developing treatment and establishing outcomes

Reading materials

Berg, I. K. & De Jong, P., Interviewing for Solutions (2nd Edition), Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, California, 2002.
Egan, G., Exercises in Helping Skills: A Training Manual to Accompany the Skilled Helper (7th Edition), Pacific Grove, Brooks/Cole, USA,  2002.
Egan, G., The Skilled Helper: A Problem Management and Development Opportunity Approach to Helping (9th Edition), Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, California, 2010.
Hawton, K., Salkovskis, P. M., Kirk, J., Clark, D. M., Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychiatric Problems: A Practical Guide, Oxford Medical Publications, UK, 1989.
Mearns, D., & Thorne, B., Person Centered Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory & Practice, Sage Publications, London, 2000.
O'Donohue, W., Fisher, J. E., Hayes, S. C., Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: Applying Empirically Supported Techniques in your Practice, Wiley & Sons, USA, 2003.